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 Rhode Island academic advisor/learning specialist Mike Scott has been unanimously re-elected as Chair of the USA Track & Field (USATF) Cross Country Council, announced at the USATF annual meeting in Daytona Beach, Fla. It is his third time winning the election.

As chair of the USATF Cross Country Council, Scott will oversee all aspects of the US national cross country program, including national teams, national coaching staff selections, national and regional championships, and development programs. He will also serve on USATF's Long Distance Running Executive Committee.

"I am deeply honored to have been recognized by my peers for my contributions to the sport of cross country running," said Scott. "I feel both humbled and privileged to have been elected for a third time to lead our nation's cross country program. I look forward to addressing several new challenges facing the sport."

Scott - who has served as the chair of the cross country council for the past nine years - will also serve as the chair for the 2013-16 Olympiad.

Additionally, Scott was presented with the Cross Country Council Award of Merit, which honors an individual, organization or group that has promoted and developed the sport of cross country running. Previously, he had received the 1998 Doris Brown Heritage Award (acknowledges contributions made by an individual to sport of women's cross country running) and the 2001 USATF President's Award, which recognizes an individual's long-term contributions to cross country and distance running at the national level. 

Did you know….

Kim White of University College for Academic Success, has overseen a collection of 480 pairs of shoes and 365 pairs of pajamas for the San Mauricio Columbian Orphanage.  This happened through the generous contributions of members of the URI community, including sororities, and newly senate-recognized “Make it Bright” URI Student Organization.  Kim’s freshmen seminar class raised $1000.00 as their service learning project for “Adopt-a-Child” and $1000.00 was raised through contributions from family, friends, and UC staff.  Our advising intern Jessica Peterson will be traveling to Columbia with Kim over winter break to deliver this wonderful news and spend time with the children.  Kim, we are so proud of your efforts!

Brenda Celona of the Memorial Union hair salon along with many elves across campus (including our very own Karen Noblet) helped make the “Season's Greetings Card for Servicemen and Women” a huge success.  A total of 868 cards were collected and will be sent to soldiers away from their families for the holidays.  Thanks to Karen, who happily coordinated this card collection effort in University College for Academic Success.   Karen, we appreciate your efforts and are proud to have contributed.

University College for Academic Success wishes you peace and safe travels over the holiday season and winter break.

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